Cubs Fan Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Get Bartman To Playoffs

October 2, 2015

3:07 pm

There were only five more outs on that crisp evening in October. It was Game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), with the Chicago Cubs ahead 3–0 and holding a 3 games to 2 lead in the best of seven series as Florida Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo hit a ball down the left field line and several fans includeing Steve Bartman reached over and deflected the ball from Cubs outfield Moises Alou’s glove.

If Alou had caught the ball it would have been the second out of the inning and the Cubs would have been just 4 more outs away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. The rest is history. The Cubs went on to blow the game, lose the rest of the series thus missing the World Series, and Steve Bartman was blamed – his life changed forever. Even though the Cubs shortstop made an error on a routine play the very next sequence. I was at that game and will never forget the feeling as we saw the Cubs World Series dreams slip away. You can watch the painful video of the incident below and in 2011 ESPN produced a documentary film on the incident called Catching Hell.

With the Chicago Cubs making the playoffs again this year with a great young team there has been a resurrection of hope on the Northside of Chicago. Cubs fan Keque Escobedo has decided to help put “The Bartman Incident” behind by launching a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe that would bring Bartman to the Cubs game playoffs this year. It’s clear that Escobedo does not know Bartman but he is willing to rally the fans to find him and get him to the game.

“Lifelong Cubs fan wants to make amends for 2003, lets make it happen. First we need to find him to get him to the big game. If anyone knows where he is at, tell him we are looking for him. The money would pay for his expenses including his ticket, hotel room, flights and a little spending money,” says Escobedo. “If he cannot be found by time of the big game all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

So far the campaign has raised $1728 of its $5000 goal. You can help support the campaign here to bring Bartman back to the Cubs wildcard playoff game on October 7th (most likely in Pittsburgh). This could be the year for the Chicago Cubs and I think it’s time to put “The Bartman Incident” behind us as we look ahead towards the Chicago Cubs bright future. Go Cubs Go!

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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